Hatch Chile Butter gets a flavor jolt from garlic and roasted Hatch chiles, to lift it into memorable territory. Use on corn bread, corn on the cob, baked potato, popcorn or grilled steak.
In the midst of a season of excitement about the Hatch chile, one of the people most excited about these flavorful chiles is Margie Hodges of Tub’s Fine Chili & Fancy Fixin’s, a small, folksy restaurant in Culver City, Calif. (Note from Dorothy 8-20-19: This restaurant closed after owner Rick passed away in June 2017.)
What, you never heard of Hatch chile season? It’s right now, through September, and then those beautiful green Hatch chiles, which are grown only around Hatch, New Mexico, will disappear for another year.
Margie roasts the Hatch to use in her Hatch Chile Garlic Butter, which is served to complement her cornbread Hushpups at the restaurant.
She’s the “BossMama” to husband Rick Hodges’ “Rancher Rick.” He really does wear a cowboy hat at the restaurant, they really do say “yee-haw” and their home-cooked, countrified, hole-in-the-wall storefront restaurant is 100% charming.
Margie recently won a ShockD Hatch Chile Prize Pack  supplied by Melissa’s Produce, which included a Hatch Cookbook, fresh Hatch, dried Hatch chile powder and whole dried chiles. Margie promptly put the ingredients to use in her butter.
Make her easy flavored butter to go with your corn bread, or to dab onto your corn on the cob or baked potato, or put a bit on your steak just as it comes off the grill. Margie also suggests you try it on popcorn!
What to do with Hatch Chile Butter
1. On cornbread
2. Baked potato
4. A pat on top of grilled steak
5. On top of a waffle, to take it in a savory direction
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This post was originally published on Shockingly Delicious Aug. 30, 2014 and has been updated and republished Aug. 20, 2019.